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Emrush Zeqiri, Portland, 2009

Courtesy of Jan Pieter Van Voorst Van Beest, an individual partner

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Emrush Zeqiri, Portland, 2009

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Emrush Zeqiri immigrated to Maine from Kosovo to escape the conflicts there. “It’s not easy to do any job that was given to me here,” said Emrush Zeqiri in Portland in 2009, because he wasn't able to use the hard-won university degree so highly prized in Kosovo. He had to sacrifice his goal of becoming a high-school teacher. “In future, maybe I’ll do that...For now, I have to pay the mortgage.”

Zeqiri's spends free time teaching his children the Albanian language, seeing friends, and playing one of six musical instruments he has mastered. Every November 28, he celebrates Flag Day, and said he will continue to honor the red Albanian banner, relishing the freedom he now enjoys to display it.

As of 2017, Emrush Zeqiri is working as a machine operator for an auto parts manufacturer in Portland.

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  • Title: Emrush Zeqiri, Portland, 2009
  • Creator: Van Voorst Van Beest, Jan Pieter
  • Creation Date: 2009
  • Subject Date: 2017
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Digital photograph
  • Object Type: Image

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